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Health Innovation Month

During the month of July, we will focus on the technological innovations in military medicine that have made the MHS a leader in health care delivery.

July is Health Innovation Month

The Military Health System (MHS) is focused on continually finding innovative ways to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of the Defense community. We remain on the cutting edge of medical practices and procedures, thus providing the best possible care for service members and beneficiaries.

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Keesler Medical Center surgeons implant Air Force's first Micra Pacemaker

Article
4/21/2017
Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Matthew Hann, 81st Medical Operations Squadron interventional cardiologist, inserts a Micra Transcatheter Pacing System at the Keesler Medical Center. Keesler is the first Air Force hospital to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia and restore the heart's normal rhythm by sending electrical impulses to increase heart rate

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David Grant Medical Center first Air Force hospital to receive advanced birthing simulator

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4/20/2017
Medical staff conduct training on the new Complicated OB Emergency Simulator at Travis Air Force Base, California.  Travis has been selected by the Defense Health Agency as one of five installations within DoD to be a pilot base for the new system. The system will provide a standardized platform for training for all levels of clinical staff to promote standardization on patient safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The Defense Health Agency purchased five of the simulators for the Department of Defense and chose Travis as the pilot base for the Air Force to provide the training and necessary feedback

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Army modernizes portable battlefield radiography system

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4/14/2017
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency Equipment Specialist Diego Gomez-Morales demonstrates the new Portable Digital Radiography System that will replace two aging devices, including an X-ray generator and an accompanying computerized reader system. The PDRS combines these capabilities into a single lightweight X-ray unit intended for use by deployed medical, Special Operations and Mortuary Affair Army units. (U.S. Army photo by Ellen Crown)

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency will soon field the PDRS to the Army to replace two aging devices, including an X-ray generator and an accompanying computerized reader system

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Blue-light-blocking lenses a potential breakthrough for warfighters

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4/7/2017
Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are illuminated by the glow of the blue light from their computer screens. Blue light blocks the brain's production of melatonin, an important chemical that helps people sleep. New lenses developed by the Navy are designed to be worn for a couple of hours before bedtime and will block the blue light, allowing warfighters to get better sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

New tinting for glasses could help service members get more sleep.

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Chinn to Navy League: Innovations key to medically ready force, ready medical force

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4/7/2017
Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, talked about battlefield medicine innovations as Rear Adm. Stephen Pachuta, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps watched, during a combat survivability panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C. Others on the panel (not pictured)included Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison; Rear Adm. Cathal O’Connor, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE; and Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, director Medical Resources, Plans, and Policy at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine.

Innovations in battlefield medicine are helping raise survival rates for those injured in combat to the highest levels in the history of warfare. Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke about that at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of ...

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Keesler surgeons perform first robotic surgery in Air Force

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4/6/2017
Members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron perform the first robotic surgery in the Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Using robotic surgery decreases risk of surgical sight infections while giving the surgeon better visibility and dexterity while operating, which improves the overall surgical procedure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

Surgeons used the da Vinci Xi robot to perform a robotic ventral hernia repair

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Gateway momentum impresses Defense Health Agency director

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3/14/2017
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency, describes how the Gateway Performance System could be used across the Military Health System at the 59th Medical Wing Gateway Academy in Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to Military Health System beneficiaries and is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the MHS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Vice Adm. Bono heard from several Gateway students about the impact the course is having at all levels around the wing as providers and staff look to improve patient care

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Walter Reed makes new leadless pacemaker available to military patients

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3/13/2017
Surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center implant the leadless pacemaker. (U.S. Army photo)

Doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are implementing the leadless pacemaker

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TOL Patient Portal Secure Messaging

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3/9/2017

TRICARE Online Patient Portal (TOLPP) Secure Messaging (SM) provides Military Health System patients who receive care at a military treatment facility or clinic access to a robust messaging capability, allowing authorized patients the ability to securely communicate with their health care team.

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Innovation summit highlights ideas to improve patient experience, care

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3/8/2017
Navy Rear Adm. David Lane shared his thoughts and questions with innovators after each presentation during the National Capital Region’s one-day innovation summit Feb. 27.

Proposals for various projects were pitched to Rear Admiral David Lane and the NCR Market Board during NCR’s Innovation Summit. Once approved, the proposals will move on to the pilot phase at a location throughout the NCR medical directorate.

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Joint Patient Safety Reporting

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3/7/2017

Joint Patient Safety Reporting (JPSR) is a web-based application that integrates the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Administration (VHA) patient safety reporting organizations to create a joint global application.

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Personal responsibility is key to cybersecurity

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2/23/2017
Servio Medina, one of the Defense Health Agency’s Health Information Technology leaders on cybersecurity, implores his audience to practice positive cyber hygiene. (MHS photo)

Leader in cybersecurity discusses the risks of human error in cybersecurity at HIMSS

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MHS IT director explains to HIMSS how recent updates will deliver more from less

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2/21/2017
Air Force Col. Richard Terry, the acting chief information officer for the MHS, enjoys a brief moment of levity as he spoke at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 20, 2017. (MHS photo)

In a time of tightening budgets, information technology serves as a critical component in the delivery of the best health care for Military Health System beneficiaries

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Tiny life-saving device receives FDA clearance

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2/3/2017
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research senior scientist, Victor Convertino, Ph.D. (right), demonstrates the functions and capabilities of the Compensatory Reserve Index to Army Maj. Gen. Barbara Holcomb, commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. (U.S. Army photo by Steven Galvan)

The ability to measure the body's capacity to compensate for blood loss has been the focus of researchers at the USAISR for years

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TRICARE Online Patient Portal

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1/31/2017

TRICARE Online Patient Portal (TOL) is the Department of Defense (DoD) online patient portal providing eligible beneficiaries access to military hospital and clinic appointing, prescription (Rx) refill, DoD Blue Button personal health data, Secure Messaging, Service Separation/Retirement and Nurse Advice Line.

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